Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches work together to temporarily host youth and provide a network of support to families and students in crisis while they get back on their feet. Common crisis includes homelessness, medical issues, domestic violence, incarceration and substance abuse treatment.
Safe Shelter was started by a small group of community members, concerned about the welfare of unaccompanied minors. The hard work of this group led us to our 501c3 status in July of 2019. We were poised to have a stakeholder meeting, had made a partnership with Safe Families for a host home program, and were starting to recruit for host homes when Covid hit. It changed the course of our organization. We pivoted to internal structure development. During 2021-2022, we focused on our strategic plan developed by the University of Oregon Strategic Plan class, helped develop the Community Coordinated Plan for Lane County for youth experiencing homelessness, attended conferences on youth homelessness and learned many ways to support youth and families, through the partnership with Safe Families and CAFA received the Youth Experiencing Homelessness Host Home state grant, and are working on youth leadership within our program development. We also started parenting classes with the initial support of CAFA. This year we ambitiously expanded to offer two courses of parenting classes with the support of Western Lane Community Foundation. We continue to develop new programs and events to support our community.